Monday, November 02, 2020

Glenn Loury Interview

City Journal: John Duncan Anderson talks with professor Glenn Loury about racism, Trump, and BLM. An excerpt:

Anderson: Some would say that the worst mistake you can make is to remove agency, by patronizing people and telling them, no, it’s really all our fault. Is that in part what you’re saying?

Loury: It is. The removal of agency is a deep concern of mine. The tone of the conversation here in the U.S. in the last ten years has shifted to notions of systemic racism, white supremacy, and so on, as if those facts alone determine the outcomes in the schools and neighborhoods and prisons of America in the year 2020. I think that is a bogus argument, an argument of surrender, and it leaves one, oddly, petitioning the putative oppressor to save you from the consequences of his oppression.

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